Dominant drivers put on a show at Sandown

Monday 22 February, 2021
Photos: Revved Photography

The Motorsport Australia Victorian State Circuit Championships have begun the 2021 season with a bang after more than 300 cars featured in the first race meeting of the year. Ph

Taking place at Sandown Raceway, spectators were treated to a fantastic weekend of motorsport as plenty of action occurred across on both days of competition. 

Of the 12 categories, there were a handful of standout performers who managed to secure clean sweeps, including the headline act of the weekend in Sports Cars.

Behind the wheel of the CHE Racing Team prepared Porsche 991 GT3 Cup car, it was Cameron Hill who comfortably won both races – including the category’s endurance race where he was 15 seconds ahead of the next driver and eventual round runner-up, Benjamin Schoots.

Other drivers to dominate their categories included Daniel Tamasi in the Sports Sedans, Philip Chester in the MGs and Invited British Sports Cars, Thomas Sargent in the K&S Environmental Formula Ford Series, Alex Jory in the BMQ E30s and Reef McCarthy in Formula Vee.

Making McCarthy’s already outstanding performance even more impressive was the quality of his opponents, with reigning champion Jake Rowe and series veteran Heath Collison unable to topple the teenager.

In the Advance Fitness Porsche 944 series, it was two heavyweights who found themselves in the battle for round honours, with James Westaway just too good for reigning champion Cameron Beller – taking all three wins. 

Outside of the drivers to enjoy maximum points in their categories, there were a number of competitors who just missed out on the perfect weekend themselves, with all four producing two wins of their own.

In the Holden HQs, Rod Raatjes finished the first race in second behind Andrew Magilton but passed the leader early in the next race to win the second and third race.

It was a similar story in two of the biggest fields for the weekend with Nathan Blight taking out top honours in the 48-car field Hyundai Excels after race one leader Ben Grice struggled in the second race, while Improved Production winner Adam Poole fell just one hundredth of a second short of race one victor Ashley Wright, before winning the remaining two races.  

Saloon Cars winner Travis Lindorff’s two wins and third place were enough to take out the category over Adam Lowndes, who had his chance for victory lost when he finished third behind Daniel Johnson in the final race. 

The closest competition of the weekend came in the Historic Touring Cars as Andrew Clempson managed to snatch the overall victory from John Mann and Andrew Lane.

Having won the first two races, Lane looked on track to be another driver to win three from three, but issues in the last the race forced him down the field, ultimately handing the win to the ever consistent Clempson. 

Click here to view the results from the weekend.

The 2021 Motorsport Australia Victorian State Circuit Championships resume at Winton Raceway on 27-28 March.

Motorsport Australia App

Download the Motorsport Australia App

Motorsport Australia: Return to Race